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Increase in black widow population presents bacterial risk

Scientists have identified that common house spiders can transmit bacteria that can infect people. In addition, with Noble False Widow spiders carrying strains of bacteria resistant common antibiotic treatments.

Essential Science: Microbial concerns with vaping products grows

This year has seen an increase in scientific studies looking at microbial contamination in vaping liquids. While the reports show variability with product types and manufacturers, the concerns are sufficient and suggest a new health standard is needed.

Deadly box jellyfish antidote discovered

Sydney - By deploying the gene editing technology CRISPR, Australian scientists specializing in pain research have found the antidote to deadly box jellyfish toxin.

Reducing organ rejections using 'lethal' bacterial enzyme

Researchers have developed a novel type of drug therapy using an enzyme extracted from bacteria that are normally considered harmful. The aim is to use the enzyme to reduce organ rejection rates following kidney transplants.

Essential Science: The poison behind the killing of Kim Jong-nam

Authorities in Malaysia reported that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent called VX. We take a look as to what this chemical is and why it is so deadly.

New insight into why anthrax is so deadly

To delve into the toxicity of anthrax, scientists have constructed a three-dimensional map of the anthrax toxin. The model shows how the toxin is efficiently transferred into the cytoplasm of cells.

Review: This week’s new releases cover almost every genre of film Special

This week’s releases include a real-life demonstration of heroism; one of Michael Mann’s best films; a sequel that fails to live up to the original; a great female-driven comedy; and the revival of a martial arts legend.

Assessing the cumulative risk of pesticides on people

The cumulative risks from exposure to pesticides on people is often discussed, but there is limited information. Now a new European study will consider the impact on the thyroid and nervous systems.

San Francisco man accused of seeking 'dirty' bomb pleads guilty

San Francisco - A San Francisco man who allegedly sought to build a "dirty" bomb in his apartment near Fisherman's Wharf pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple felony charges.

Northern California crabbing industry gets OK to resume harvest

San Francisco - Northern California's crabbing fleet could return to Pacific Ocean waters as early as next week after state regulators approved the catch as safe to eat, three months after the traditional start of the annual season.

Environmental toxin linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

A connection has been drawn between prolonged exposure to the environmental toxin BMAA and the neurodegenerative condition Alzheimer’s.

Snake venom hydrogel stops bleeding fast

A nanofiber hydrogel containing snake venom effectively stops bleeding quickly, according to a new study. The development could aid those with clotting issues during surgery.

Salmonid fish toxin could be effective against cancer

A fish toxin could be the basis of a new treatment for cancer, according to a study. This has been found by performing genetic testing on the humble zebrafish.

Watch what you take home, warning about kids and lead risks

Washington - These days greater controls are in place about the risks of lead exposure, especially with children, but risks still exist — especially with items brought home from the workplace and when kids get hold of them.

Deadly extent of common food poisoning bacterium revealed

The biggest cause of food poisoning globally is the bacterium Bacillus cereus. New research suggests that the organism is more deadly than realized: the bacterium can produce 19 different variants of its harmful toxin.

Ohio under 'State of Emergency' Toledo's water contaminated

Toledo - About 2 a.m. Saturday morning, officials in Toledo, Ohio issued a "do not drink" warning, declaring the city's water supply contaminated with the toxin microcystin. Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a State of Emergency, allowing water to be brought in.

Increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

Washington - The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to the U.S. CDC.

Review: New on DVD for February 25 Special

This week’s releases include live-action and animated comedies from the small screen; an otherworldly superhero with an amazing bonus feature; a couple of Oscar contenders; and two that were left off the ballot.

Toxin success in wiping out HIV

An antibody-toxin combination has shown shown success in killing residual traces of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) hiding out in the organs of mice.

New toxin could help tackle obesity

Irvine - Scientists have shown that a synthetic peptide derived from a sea anemone toxin has potentially potent weight-regulating effects in relation to obesity.

Justice at last? The Nigerian baby mixture scandal

Barewa Pharmaceutical Ltd have been prosecuted in Nigeria for producing contaminated ‘My Pikin’ baby mixture, which caused the death of 84 children.

New York City Mayor Bloomberg targeted with ricin letter

New York - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appears to have been the target of a ricin attack after a letter his office received tested positive for the deadly toxin.

Bacteria harnessed to ‘create’ gold

Using a form of ‘microbial alchemy’, scientists have used a special type of bacterium to turn liquid gold into more valuable 24-carat gold.

GM crop technology backfires as farmers need more pesticides

A newly-released, peer-reviewed study reveals that the cultivation of genetically engineered crops has increased pesticide usage by hundreds of millions of pounds.

Monsanto's Bt corn — breeding superbugs & harming human health

Monsanto's genetically modified Bt corn is having its roots munched by super-rootworms and other superbugs, putting corn crops at risk, and yet more evidence is found of the dangers to human health.

Potassium Cyanide requests has Toronto Police looking for man

Toronto - The Toronto Police Service are asking for help identifying a man who allegedly requested Potassium Cyanide on two occasions at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto.

Banned drug found in Chinese meat products

A banned drug called Clenbuterol is still showing up in some meat products from China, resulting in health problems such as stomach pains and heart palpitations for consumers.

Algae toxin may kill cancer cells

A recent collaborative study says a powerful fish-killing toxin, known as euglenophycin, could have cancer-killing properties.

FBI Arrest Man For Possession of Puff Fish Toxin

The FBI raided and Illinois man's home on Monday and arrested and charged the man with possession of tetrodotoxin which is a deadly toxin found in puffer fish.

Toxin scare affects mozzarella sales in Italy

Buffalo herds in Naples have been quarantined on suspicion that they may contain high levels of dioxin in their system. The area where the animals grazed, inspectors found toxic wastes illegally dumped by the mafia.
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VX or O-ethyl S-[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothioate)  an extremely toxic organophosph...
VX or O-ethyl S-[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothioate), an extremely toxic organophosphate.
Ben Mills
Biological hazards  also known as biohazards  refer to biological substances that pose a threat to t...
Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans.
UC Santa Cruz
WET: Dungeness crabs are prepared for sale on the sidewalk outside the Fishermen s Grotto restaurant...
WET: Dungeness crabs are prepared for sale on the sidewalk outside the Fishermen's Grotto restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
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Section of San Francisco Bay where microcystin toxins were found.
Section of San Francisco Bay where microcystin toxins were found.
UC Santa Cruz
This is a photograph of the sea slug species in the UQ-led study  Chromodoris magnifica.
This is a photograph of the sea slug species in the UQ-led study, Chromodoris magnifica.
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